Standup comedy is hard. There’s no other way around it. To put it into perspective, imagine starting an NFL football game, but your only experience with football is from listening to a 30 second beer commercial that vaguely mentions something about a firstdown.
And yet more people are trying it now more than ever. Some for the bucket list, others trying to prove to an ex that they do in fact have a talent and that they’ll regret it dearly for leaving them when they have their own sitcom and 40-room blowjob palace ( I assume that they would be receiving the blowjobs, but hey, I’m not here to judge). Anyway, walking into a room full of strangers who are probably A) not listening B) drunk C) drunk and not listening, can be a harrowing experience and while there isn’t anything that can be defined as hard and fast ‘rules’ (as every club/booker has their own do’s and don’ts), the following article from Vice.com gives a little insight in how to get started without becoming the most hated person in the room.
“Stand-up comedy’s pretty hot right now…am I right, guys? Ladies? Ladies, can you back me up on this? Yes, folks, it is hot…Hot with a capital H! How hot is it, you ask? Stand-up comedy is so hot, many people are currently attempting to do it, with varying levels of success! Watching the latest Louis C.K. special, reminiscing about how beloved your high school hijinx were (remember when you told Mr. Douglas you didn’t do your homework because you were too busy “doing” his wife? Classic!) and deciding, “Shit, I can be a comedian!” however, does not a comedian make.
As a mediocre comedian myself, I think I know a thing or two about mediocre comedy. This gives me the ability to competently analyze it and inform young dreamers how not to do it.”